The perfect spot to relax on a lazy summer day
Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
Sit back and relax
A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
A great space for entertaining
Downstairs shower room
King-size bedroom
A warm and muted bedroom
King-size bedroom with pretty features
Double bedroom with dressing table
Contemporary bathroom with roll top bath
Twin bedroom with a pop of colour
Lots to explore
The local residents
Located in a rural location yet close to all amenities
Greet the chickens
Derwent Water nearby
Towards the converted barn
A warm welcome awaits
1 / 21  The perfect spot to relax on a lazy summer day
2 / 21  Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
3 / 21  Sit back and relax
4 / 21  A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
5 / 21  Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
6 / 21  A great space for entertaining
7 / 21  Downstairs shower room
8 / 21  King-size bedroom
9 / 21  A warm and muted bedroom
10 / 21  King-size bedroom with pretty features
11 / 21  Double bedroom with dressing table
12 / 21  Contemporary bathroom with roll top bath
13 / 21  Twin bedroom with a pop of colour
14 / 21  Lots to explore
15 / 21  The local residents
16 / 21  Located in a rural location yet close to all amenities
17 / 21  Greet the chickens
18 / 21  Derwent Water nearby
19 / 21  Bassenthwaite
20 / 21  Towards the converted barn
21 / 21  A warm welcome awaits

Beehive Barn

Caldbeck, Cumbria
Visit England rating: 5 stars
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
VE 5 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC08


Beehive Barn lies on the edge of Caldbeck, set in the northern fells of the Lake District. The proud creation of owners Tony and Carol Bolton, they have turned this former barn, set in the grounds of their own Georgian Farmhouse, into a chic retreat for couples and small families.
With Carol's soft furnishings studio responsible for everything throughout the cottage, you may find yourselves tempted to order something for home.

The village lies a short stroll down the lane. A bustling community with some fine architecture, offering a local store and post office, a café and restaurant, and for a pint, the Oldfellows Arms. The village location, known locally as ‘Back O’ Skidda”, places it about 25 minutes from the surrounding larger towns of Keswick, Cockermouth and Penrith, where closer, an easy 1.5 miles, lies the delightful village of Hesket Newmarket with its famous inn, The Old Crown, serving local brewed ales and an excellent cuisine.

From the barn walks and cycle routes abound, with trails crisscrossing the nearby moors and fells, where you are surrounded by the well-known peaks of Skiddaw and Blencthra, High Pike and Carrock Fell, along with the magnificent lakes of Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater and Ullswater each a short drive away.
Tony a keen cyclist can advise routes for all abilities and is often happy to accompany you himself.

The Living Spaces

Beehive Barn lies just beyond the owner's home, with private parking for two cars. Through the large glazed barn doors, you enter the open plan living space.

To one end is the cosy sitting room, with its plump sofas drawn around the log burning stove, where you will be able to tuck up with a roaring fire in winter or spill out to the little private garden come the spring and summer months.

The central area is given over to dining, where a fine table is set to give you views out across the courtyard to the surrounding meadow.

The kitchen is a good-sized space with fine hand-built units, maple worktops along with all the mod cons needed to rustle up your favourite Jamie or Delia dish. Or even try your hand at breadmaking with the Bread Maker and basic ingredients thoughtfully provided.

Off the dining area is the downstairs shower room with a super walk-in shower, basin and WC.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Stairs lead up to a large landing and the two bedrooms and bathroom. Both bedrooms have pitched ceilings and are delightfully furnished offering a choice between the double with its king-sized bed, and the twin-bedded room. Between the two is the bathroom, beautifully appointed with a contemporary roll top bath, basin and WC. As mentioned, there is also a shower room downstairs.

Outside you are surrounded by a landscape of meadows and low rolling fell. The little garden is for the sole use of guests and will make a pleasing space to relax in summer.

To summarise, for me this super property seems perfect for those seeking a romantic retreat or a base for family holidays, set far from the busy centres, yet with good local amenities and plenty to explore both near and further afield - Perfect…

The Location

The village of Caldbeck lies on the edge of the Caldbeck Fells, forming part of the northern massive of the Cumbrian Mountains. Set within a triangle of some of the most well-known locations and towns, you are only twenty five minutes or so from such popular places as Keswick, Penrith, Cockermouth, and the cathedral city Carlisle, set just below Hadrian’s Wall in the infamous land of the Reivers, and on up to the Solway Coast with its sandy beaches, abundance of wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

The village derives its name from the river Cald Beck on which it stands. The river provided power for a thriving mill industry, along with a brewery, a fine church and a huddle of pretty, traditional stone built, shops and houses.

The village is popular as a base for walkers and mountain bikers where it lies on the Cumbria Way, as well as two long distance cycle routes nearby, namely the C2C (Coast to Coast) and the Reivers Route.

The surrounding fells are distinct from the craggier central and southern fells, where these northern leviathans are of a softer, rounded nature, well known between the serious mountain, biking and fell walking fraternities.

Close by you have High Pike, Carrock Fell and the Uldale Fells. Just south of these, above Keswick, lies Blencathra along with the oldest of all the Cumbrian mountains, the mighty Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England. There is plenty of access to all of these magnificent fells and mountains, offering both high and low-level trails, along with forest and woodland, high moor and river valleys, with something for everyone and to suit all abilities.

Three of our finest lakes are within a short drive. Bassenthwaite lies to the west. At four miles in length it is one of the larger waters but also the shallowest, at a maximum depth of 70 feet. There are no large urban developments on its shores, making it a dark sky area perfect for stargazing. At the northwest head of the lake is the famous Pheasant Inn, noted for its architecture along with a fine cellar and cuisine.

South lies Keswick on the shores of Derwentwater. The main town of the north lakes it is a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all-year-round place there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself, exploring the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our links.

For walking, the shoreline of Derwentwater offers some of the classics such as Cat Bells, which can be accessed by road or by steamboat from Keswick, dropping off at Hause End Jetty, and adding a bit more fun to your day out.

West of Keswick is the beautiful serpentine Ullswater, thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine-mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities.

One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. Explored from the southern end of the lake, dominated by Place Fell, St Sunday Cragg, Fairfield and Helvellyn, you take the path from Glenridding over to the east side of the water. The route takes you all the way to Sandwick and onto Howtown. You will be able to ramble all day with a magnificent view always in your sight. For the return journey, board the steamboat from Howtown back to Glenridding, but do check boat times and last sailings.

For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best mountains, the most famous being Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge – please do take a good map and observe mountain safety guidelines.

A gentler walk is to Aira Force, probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone footbridge - so don't forget your camera.

Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It's a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.

Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.

There are three main villages. At the far south is Patterdale with a little shop and the Lion Inn. Above this is Glenridding, offering shops, a garage and selection of cafes and inns, along with the boat terminus and boat hire at St Patrick’s Pier. At the far northern head of the lake is Pooley Bridge, again with a small but good selection of shops, cafes and inns.

On the eastern shore is one of our most famous hotels, The Sharrow Bay, with its Michelin starred restaurant. Not cheap, many people take the option of afternoon tea.

South of Keswick lie two more great attractions. The Honister Slate Mine is an adventure for all ages. Set at the summit of the Honister Pass it is the last working slate mine in England where you go deep underground on a fully guided mine tour. Honister is also home to the much talked about Via Ferrata, an amazing sky-high climbing experience.

Finally, you might like to add to your places to visit the Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for all ages. If you're looking for adventure, try the Altura or Quercus mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning natural setting. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. Or if you've got a head of heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.

Please note there is a refundable £150 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 2 bedrooms -1 king-size and 1 twin with TV
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Smart TV internet enabled, DVD, CD and portable Bluetooth speaker
  • 1 bathroom with roll top bath and WC
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Bed linen, towels, electric, fuel, Biomass central heating and underfloor heating included
  • WI-Fi included
  • Wood burner - fist basket of logs provided, further logs can be purchased locally
  • Regret no pets
  • Secure storage for bikes
  • Stairgate available
  • Village shop, pub, café and tea shops within walking distance

This property is personally managed by Holly.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Jane January 2018

We're just back from a lovely relaxing week at Beehive Barn, which has to be the best holiday cottage we've ever stayed in.We were greeted really warmly by the owners Tony & Carol who have converted the barn to a very high standard, the open plan living space is really stylish but at the same time really homely.The interior furnishings made by CaroRead morel are exceptional and the local information provided really helpful.The weather wasn't kind but we didn't mind at all as we couldn't have booked a nicer place to stay in and read a good book in front of a wood burning fire. There's a small village shop and a good pub in walking distance and some really good walks from the front door.The facilities at the barn are excellent too, we didn't want to leave and will book again. Hide

Reviewed by Caroline and Richard Hudson November 2017

First class stay at Beehive Barn. Very tasteful. Beautifully converted. Very warm. Lovely and peaceful. Extremely helpful hosts.

Reviewed by Sascha October 2017

we had an absolut fantastic stay at Beehive Barn. I just emailed to theowners yesterday to say thank you for the great week.I can highly recommend Beehive Barn. The house has top standards from the bathrooms to the kitchen, is perfectly situated to explore the Northern Lake District and Tony and Carol make you feel like home. With the warm fire in Read morethe evenings, it is the perfect place to relax and our family would love to come back sometime. Hide

Reviewed by Cees Collart September 2017

Excellent stay in a wonderful cottage with loads of attention to detail. Hosts were very hospitable and friendly. Highly recommendable.

Reviewed by Carolyn Shipton July 2017

Many thanks - we both felt it was the best self catering cottage we had ever stayed in.

Reviewed by Sarah Duff April 2017

Beehive Barn is a delight. Comfortable, cosy, well-equipped and beautifully decorated and maintained, certainly one of the best cottages we have stayed in. The owners, Tony and Carol, were on hand to help out with any queries and are very friendly. The location is excellent with easy access to the North Lakes area. We enjoyed many walks in the locaRead morel area and slightly further afield around Keswick and were blessed with great weather. I would recommend Beehive Barn very highly. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew & Lesley EASSON January 2017

We've had the happiest start to 2017 we could have wished for! The barn is such a beautiful and comfortable place to relax and escape from the outside world. It's also perfectly situated for those days we did venture out to explore the lakes. Our thanks to Tony & Carol for all their kindness and helpful advice, you've made us most welcome.

Reviewed by Matt & Ali WILCOCK December 2016

We've had the most amazing honeymoon staying at Beehive Barn. You gave us such a warm welcome and the heart shaped homemade scones and bottle of bubbly on our arrival was a perfect start to our weeks stay! We loved the little touches and the decor of he barn is superb. We slept so well and felt so at home we really didn't want to leave!! Thank you Read morefor all your recommendations we had a fabulous time & we hope to return sometime in the near future! Hide

Reviewed by Tanya and Bill Shaw September 2016

Tony and Carol made us all extremely welcome. The property is absolutely delightful, beautifully converted and maintained, with gorgeous dcor. The attention to detail was perfect with everything and more, for a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. The location of the barn on the edge of the village was also perfect as it makes for easy access to walk Read moreinto the village or for travelling to nearby Lake District towns. We have stayed in a number of LCC properties and have always found you to be informative, with an excellent website which clearly expresses the quality of the accommodation. As we normally book for just the two of us, we have not visited Beehive Barn previously, but for the three of us it was perfect. However, we would consider booking again, just for the two of us, because it was so lovely. Many thanks to Carol and Tony for the excellent scones, the very impressive 'goody' bag, provisions provided and the delightful toiletries. Hide

Reviewed by Bob & Viv Tebbit September 2016

Our second visit but not the last!Another great week in this superb cottage Thank you for making us so welcome. We can recommend Lingholm Estate beside Derwentwater for tea and lunch (Tony will give you directions) we still have lots to explore in this beautiful area and plan to return next year.

Reviewed by The Melia’s Westhoughton August 2016

What can we say other than what a fantastic place! We've stayed in many cottages over the years and this is right up there and definitely deserves its 5* rating! Set in such a beautiful location, the barn has everything you could need. plus all the extra touches that made such a difference. Thank you to Carol & Tony for making us feel so welcome & Read morefor the lovely scones on arrival too!!! Our boys loved the huge garden and having the chickens to feed . & chase and have already asked can we come back. Hide

Reviewed by The Lloyd’s Essex July 2016

Thank you for a lovely time at Beehive Barn, such a fantastic Cottage, and lovely owners. The perfect place for our first family holiday in the Lake District

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The perfect spot to relax on a lazy summer day
Cosy lounge with warming woodburner
Sit back and relax
A bright and airy lounge with a homely feel
Enjoy views over the rolling countryside whilst dining with loved ones
A great space for entertaining
Downstairs shower room
King-size bedroom
A warm and muted bedroom
King-size bedroom with pretty features
Double bedroom with dressing table
Show 9 moreContemporary bathroom with roll top bath


Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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